Philips has recently presented its Microbial Home, a surprisingly innovative approach to eco-life in cities, and as a part of it, an Urban Beehive that allows anyone to have some more ‘pets’ and harvest homemade honey directly from a window.
To prevent the dying off of honeybees that started several years ago in the countryside, some people have begun keeping bees at their urban homes. Philips caught the trend and developed a stylish, unconventionally designedU beehive that is to be pressed against an opening in a window. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.
The tinted-glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on. To harvest honey you have to release smoke into the hive to calm the bees by simply pulling a string, then open the hive and enjoy the aromatic harvest.
Not only honey but wax and propolis are produced by bees. Propolis is a resinous mixture that can be used for different alternative medicine purposes.
“This is a sustainable, environmentally friendly product concept that has direct educational effects. The city benefits from the pollination, and humans benefit from the honey and the therapeutic value of observing these fascinating creatures in action,” says Philips.